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Random Man with Meat Grinder Reconfirms My Faith in People

I've always believed people are inherently good despite the propaganda which tries to convince us otherwise.

Imagine every person you've ever met in your entire life...every friend, acquaintance, co-worker or passer-by...every classmate, every sales person, and every family member.

How many of those people are evil or bad people versus how many of them are genuinely and generally good people?

But turn on the TV and all you see are reports of violence, theft, robbery, rape, murders, stabbings, etc.

It's almost like the powers that be need the populous to feel in danger so as to be the revered protectorate the rabble depend on. The government needs crime and fear of crime to justify its own existence.

So knowing this, I always try to find simple ways to show how people are inherently good and how we can take care of ourselves and even the less fortunate.

The following account is just one of those instances that show how good people really are:

My brother and I recently went hunting. It was my first real hunt, although I grew up with guns on a ranch. We'd always go off into the woods with shotguns and rifles, and shoot anything that moved. We were raised to eat what we shot, although as kids, sometimes we didn't follow that exactly! So the weekend after Christmas, my bro and I went on a discount ram hunt at Thompson Temple Ranch near Rock Springs, TX. It wasn't as exciting as the whitetail hunt we had the following weekend, but it was still fun and a great opportunity to learn a few things, check out the rocky hills of West Texas, stalk some Corsican Rams, and bag a Marino Ram. I'm going to European mount the horns and make some large throw pillows with the hide.

While some people don't take the meat and are just interested in the trophies, we were really interested in keeping the meat to stock our new deep freezer.

I told this same story to a random person in Walmart as we both waited for the sporting goods sales person to arrive to the department after being paged. He wanted to buy #00 buckshot, and I wanted to buy a meat grinder to grind up all my ram meat.

The sales person helped him with the shells (he bought all 15-20 boxes!), and I proceed to ask the sales guy, "do you have any meat grinders?" He mentioned that they did, but they sold out, and all they have left are dehydrators.

The random man, who I next found out was named Joseph, turned his head and said, "You want a grinder? I have a brand new meat grinder in my garage that I've never used. It's still in the box. I don't grind meat. You can have it."

I had to do a double-take. I wasn't sure I just heard that, so I asked, "Really? Man, that's awesome!"

He said, "Yeah, you can just come over to my house and pick it up."

Now, at that point, I had to start putting on the breaks...I mean, this guy just bought several cases of buckshot, and he's trying to lure me to his house by offering me a meat grinder!

He quickly realized the sound of that too, and corrected, "Actually, we can meet at the corner store. That'd be more appropriate, and I'd feel a little more safe. Or we can meet tomorrow during the day?"

We exchanged numbers, and he said not to call too late, but to give him a little time to go dig it out of the garage.

I called him as I got to my car, and again was extremely thankful for the kind gesture. I offered to pay him for it to which he responded, "I'll leave that up to you. It's yours either way. You seem like a nice kid who just shot his first ram. I want to encourage you to keep doing this kind of stuff."

As I got to the store, he pulled up and he reached into his back seat and grabbed a brand new meat grinder, still in most of the original packaging. He gave me the meat grinder, and I tried to give him the $40 cash I had in my wallet to which he responded, "I'm going to give you this, but you have to make me a promise."

Again, my preconditioned mind automatically assumed that he was going to make some sort of sexual gesture or something bad or offensive. And I'm someone who already knows that people are inherently good, but yet I still could not let my guard down.

He proceeded, "You have to promise to do something nice for someone else."

My eyes lit up and a big smile covered my face as I reached out to shake his hand, "Joseph, I do stuff like this all the time! That's a deal!"

He said, "Well then this is pay back."

I'm not looking for praise for trying to do good things for people or for helping others. I'm trying to inspire others to do the same.

Just before I made this post, I stumbled across this other act of kindness here at the DP as I attempted to contact a mod (read all the comment responses). I'm so curious what the email said Y!

I can only imagine the number of acts of kindness that permeate humanity on a daily basis, but I'm confident that good dwarfs evil.

My bro and I ended up staying up until about 2am butchering and packaging the quartered hind and front legs. We cooked up the back straps, and they were amazing! The trick, like with other wild game, is to let the meat soak in ice water for a couple days to let all the blood come out. Change the water regularly, and add more ice as it melts.


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The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Giving away something you don't want

is not an act of kindness. Faith in people? Man IS inherently evil and you've proven it with your story of going in the woods and shooting anything that moved for the fun of it.

TRUE acts of kindness without fanfare or stings attached are uncommon and this does not qualify. This is just some guy cleaning his garage.

Hugs for you!

Love abounds in this world. Embrace it:)

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine


Thanks for the hug.

Interesting perspective anothernobody...

I never thought of it that way, and I suppose you do make some good points. I did feel some sincerity with the entire exchange, and I did feel genuinely grateful for the gift. I also noticed how helping someone made Joseph feel good too. Even if he was cleaning out his garage, it was a mutual exchange which benefited both parties, and that's a good thing.

I do understand the point you've made, and for the most part, it's a good one. I don't however, think ranch kids shooting birds and snakes would classify us as evil nor that true acts of kindness are uncommon.

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


I do tend to go to the extreme

to make my point. But you must recognize that the tendency, as I had myself growing up, to kill just for the sake of killing does in itself show a tendency toward evil. And I would at least say that most true acts of kindness go unnoticed. How common they are is any ones guess. :-)

I hope I didn't offend.

I've found that the gamiest tasting meat

can be tamed by soaking it for 4 or 5 hour in milk, preferably butter milk but regular works too. Something about the lactic acid breaking it down.

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I think the guy may have bought himself an electric grinder.... Since I got myself an electric grinder, you couldn't pay me to use the hand crank one anymore. Good story though, and I think you're right. Most people are genuinely good.

It was an electric grinder!

He gave me an electric one! It's this exact one I believe!



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I own the same sheep

I am very curios as how the meat taste and texture is? I have never eaten mutton in my life time, but I plan on slaughtering one in the fall next year. I am sick of buying the crap you get from the grocery store and it's hard to find good grass fed meat.

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

The meat was surprisingly quite tasty!

Like I mentioned, we bled out the meat for about 3-4 days in ice and water. We only ate the back straps and the tenderloins so far.

We soaked the meat in a sort of teriyaki spiced concoction and then seared the meat over open flames. Then we wrapped the browned meat (it's extremely lean) with bacon and wrapped that in foil with some spices, onions, and bell peppers. Then we slow cooked the sealed foil package in the oven for over an hour. It was pretty soft and tender, and the taste was very similar to beef I thought.

We also used the same method in a crock pot which produced even more tender meat.

We plan on grinding the leg and shoulder meat with at about a 60/40 or 50/50 ratio of regular beef hamburger meat and also some peppers and spices to make some ram burgers!

We'll probably also make some pan sausage and some regular grilling sausage by mixing with some spices and Owens pan sausage and ground pork respectively. I'll let you know how it comes out!

I'm sure some jerky will be made too!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


Thanks for the reply

From your experience I do look forward to trying one of my own.

I wonder if your soaking in water was necessary, because this type of sheep should not have a gamy taste to it. I read on line it is a little bland to other types of meat, so it needs more spicing.

Also for your future reference these hair sheep types are more lean than others, they are recommended to be raised solely on grass and hay. Reason being they put on fat around the organs instead of in the meat, you can't tell when they get too fat.

I have two different rams in my little herd, the daddies to mine are shown here.


It is nice to hear that some people like helping other no strings attached like the random man.

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

sorry for the

undue cynicism. Have you tried the sausage stuffer connection on it yet?

No worries!

Not yet! It took us a lot longer than expected separate all the meat. We'll also not exactly sure what to mix it with. I'm still doing some research, but I'm excited to try it out!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


Awesome story ... teared me

Awesome story ... teared me up ... what a cool guy. Pay it forward.


these stories! Thanks for sharing :)


Great story

I love pay it forward random acts of kindness.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift


are stories I love hearing.TY for sharing.

That is awesome.

From my experiences traveling the country, I have found people to nearly always be good souls. I believe it is your own attitude that counts. When you are good and happy you will naturally attract good things. Always trust your instinct. It is proven correct 80% of the time.

Just my .02c :)

Thanks for sharing.

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